Admission to the Blessing of the Fleet is free.
- When: Usually in April
- Location: (Map It) Put-in-Bay, Ohio
- Phone: 419-285-2832
The Blessing of the Fleet in Put-In-Bay: Get ready for some fun on one of the Great Lakes as Lake Erie’s summer hot spot kicks off another season with its Blessing of the Fleet. This annual celebration of the new fishing season includes a boat parade, music and entertainment.
Blessing of the Fleet celebrations also occur in Ashtabula, Ohio and other locations throughout the states north coast and Ohio River communities.
Admission to the Champaign Aviation Museum is Free.
- Open: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
- Location: (Map It) 1652 N Main Street at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio
- Phone: 937-652-4710
- Web: Click here
Welcome to the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio. See volunteers rebuild historic aircraft like the “Champaign Lady” B-17 WWII Bomber. You can even try your hand at being “Rosie the Riveter.” See this aircraft and the “Champaign Gal” B-25, A-26 Invader, C-45 Expeditor, Fairchild F-24 and a Civil Air Patrol plane that sank a German sub off the U.S. East Coast. It also features special exhibits such as Women Air Service Pilots and World War II artifacts. It’s an up-close and personal hands-on experience all in an open hangar. You can even sit in the cockpit of a C-47 cargo plane. Grimes Field Airport and restaurant are just down the tarmac. Come, help make these old warbirds fly again.
Admission to the Depot Museum is free.
- Open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) 145 South Depot St. in Orrville, Ohio
- Phone: 330-683-2426
- Web: Click here
The Depot Museum is operated by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society and offers a plethora of railroad artifacts and memorabilia. The museum’s collection is housed in a restored Railroad Union Depot. For a fee, actual train rides ranging from 50-120 miles are available.
Admission to the Harrod Railroad Heritage Park is free.
The Harrod Railroad Heritage Park: Have you ever wanted to show the kids the “man on the caboose” but discovered that trains today rarely have a caboose at all? Well, at this little “depot” you can see a renovated caboose, a 1905 Shay Engine, and a one-hundred year old lumber office building and inside, plenty of artifacts and memorabilia. The park also has a full-size military U H-1 Huey Helicopter.
Admission to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center is free.
- The Interpretive Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
- Huffman Prairie Flying Field is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., closed Wednesdays. Call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures.
- Location: (Map It) the flying field can be entered at Gate 16A off of State Route 444, Wright-Patterson AFB; the interpretive center is two miles from the field on Wright Brothers Hill at 2380 Memorial Road in Dayton, Ohio, close to the intersection of State Route 444 and Kaufmann Road.
- Phone: 937-425-0008 (call ahead in case of field closures)
- Web: Click here
The Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center in Dayton: On this 84-acre patch of rough pasture outside Dayton, the Wright brothers learned to control and maneuver their powered machine and taught themselves to fly during 1904 and 1905. It was also the site of the Wrights’ flying school where many of the world’s first pilots learned how to fly. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990, the Flying Field is located on an active military installation and subject to unannounced closure; however this “School House of Aviation” is open to the public most days. Visitors are urged to call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures. Two miles away is the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center across from the Wright Brothers Memorial. Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ development of the world’s first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie, their flying school starting in 1910, and the development of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the continuing legacy of the Wright brothers.
Admission to the International Womens’ Air & Space Museum in Cleveland is free.
The International Womens Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the historic accomplishments made by women pioneers of air and space travel. Some of the great women recognized at this museum include Sally Ride – the first American woman in space, Katharine Wright – sister of the Wright brothers, and Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman to orbit the Earth. In addition, there are many personal artifacts of great women in flight as well as some personal memos by these women. A number of news copy, magazines, and speech manuscripts are also displayed.
Admission to Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit is free.
- Can be viewed anytime from behind fence
- Location: (Map It) East Elm Street in Lima, Ohio
- Phone: 419-222-9426
The Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit is an outdoor display featuring the following which are also under lights after dark:
- The last steam engine built at Lima Locomotive Works (Locomotive NKP # 779)
- 1883 luxury private car (officiall car #5) for NKP probably used by Chauncy DePew
- 1882 Nickle-plated caboose #1091
- and authentic 1895 Country Station by DT&I Railroad
Admission to the Marion Union Station is free.
- Open Tuesday & Thursday’s 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment.
- Location: (Map It) Marion, Ohio
- Phone: 740-383-3768
- Web: Click here
The Marion Union Station sees more than 100 trains pass by every day. The museum showcases an impressive collection of memorabilia and the AC Tower, which was once the main switching facility for the Erie Railroad Marion Division. The unusual nature of the station is the fact that it is located between two diamond cross-overs.
Admission to the Medina Toy and Train Museum is free.
- Open: Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
- Location: (Map It) 7 Public Square in Medina, Ohio
- Phone: 330-764-4455
- Web: www.ormandys.com/index.htm
The Medina Toy and Train Museum: All aboard! Make this a whistle-stop and see plenty of railroad memorabilia. The museum features running exhibits of model trains, interactive children’s exhibits, real train exhibits, model cars and airplanes dating back to 1900, toys, dolls and more. In addition, there are more than 500 actual train engines on display and a library containing more than 500 books about trains.
These guests of the NASA Glenn Research Center are touring a wind tunnel. Tests conducted in wind tunnels increase flight safety, improve aircraft performance and protect the environment
- Open: Daily from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) is at the Great Lakes Science Center – 601 Erieside Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio (Between Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
- Phone: (216) 694-2000
- Web: Click here
The NASA Glenn Research Center Tours: You may think you have “the right stuff” but until you tour NASA, you won’t know for sure. Public facility tours are offered on the select Saturdays year-round. These include the zero gravity research facility, wind tunnels, and space simulation chambers. Tours include a visit to the NASA Gift Shop where you can pick up a special souvenir or NASA apparel.
Admission to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum is by donation.
- Open: Saturdays 10am – 4pm from the 3rd Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October
- Location: (Map It) 5515 Buffham Rd. in Seville, Ohio
- Phone: 330-769-5501
- Web: Click Here
The Northern Ohio Railway Museum features over 40 trolley cars, streetcars, interurbans, rapid transit cars and more. Enthusiasts and volunteers work diligently to restore and preserve these beautiful old streetcars and railway equipment for education and entertainment. It is a work in progress and quite a site to see. Tour the two enormous carhouses and see what moved greater Cleveland through the years. There’s even a three-mile demonstration railroad where – during special events – these relics ride the rails once again with passengers eager to capture that feeling of Yesteryear.
Admission to the Railroad Depot Museum is free.
- Open Memorial Day – Call to set up an appointment between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Sundays
from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) 542 South Main Street in Willard, Ohio
- Phone: 419-935-0791
The Railroad Depot Museum features its railroad roots. It has a room primarily full of B&O railroad memorabilia. Kids will enjoy the restored caboose and its furnishings plus the boxcar on display. In addition, a limited view of the train yard operation can be seen.
Admission to the Wright “B” Flyer is free.
See a Wright “B” Flyer lookalike aircraft in its hanger at the Dayton – Wright Brothers Airport. This aircraft is a flight worthy version of the 1911 Wright “B” Flyer, the first mass produced aircraft. Purchase an Honorary Aviator annual Membership for $100 and receive an orientation flight in the Wright B Flyer. The museum is operated completely by volunteers.
Admission to the Wright Cycle Company is free.
- Open: Open daily 9am – 5pm (Closed Mon & Tue from Nov thru Feb)
- Location: (Map It) 16 S. Williams St. in Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-225-7705
- Web: Click here
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The Wright Cycle Company building is just outside of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, Ohio. Visitors are free to see where two of the world’s most famous inventors labored in their craft. Two buildings where the Wright brothers worked at their cycle and printing businesses are still standing at their original locations here and are open to the public. Their restored printing businesses, where they worked from 1890 – 1895, can be seen at the adjacent Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The Wrights had five different bicycle shops, this being the fourth location. The restored building was home to the Wright’s bicycle business from 1895 – 1897. It is where they were when they became obsessed with flying. And from there, these men, self-trained in the science of aviation, went on to build the world’s first manned powered, heavier than air machine capable of free, controlled and sustained flight.
Admission to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton is free.
- Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)
- Location: (Map It) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ● Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-255-3286
- Web: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. Attracting more than 1 million visitors a year, the museum boasts more 400 aerospace vehicles and thousands of historical items. Sensory rich exhibits, hands-on educational programs and entertaining special events entice the imagination and bring the Air Force story to life. From the Wright brothers through the stealth age, the museum offers visitors a dynamic tour through the portals of aviation history. Highlights include the only permanent public display of a B-2 bomber, President Kennedy’s Air Force One, a Doolittle Raiders exhibit and much more. Also available are an IMAX Theatre, a souvenir shop and a café. Museum admission and parking are FREE. For more information, visit the museum’s web site at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil or call (937) 255-3286.